The RV Living Experiment

Many people, myself included, dream of spending their retirement years traveling. We dream of going on globe circumnavigating cruises, backpacking across Europe, diving every reef in the world. But when it comes down to it, most of us are not millionaires ; those dreams just might be out of reach.
The idea of touring the good old USA (or whatever country you live in) in an RV is a reasonable enough idea that it could work out in some form or other.
I have always said that I could spend 10 lifetimes exploring just the western United States. There is so much diversity, so much beauty to take in in the Sierras, the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. It is going to take financial independence and retirement to be able to experience it the way I would like to.
That is my dream, retirement with an RV and traveling around the country. I really do not know, however, what it is really like to spend an extended period of time in a motor home. Therefore my lovely wife Laurie and I are about to embark on a two week RV living experiment. We are going to set out from Los Angeles and travel around California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona stopping at several campgrounds and some national parks.
This trip is going to serve to give us some hands on experience to see if we can handle and find joy in living the RV life in the future. If we like it the we we think we will, we will start setting goals and planning for spending at least some of our retirement years living and traveling around in a motor home.
Follow our progress and read the stories about our experience as we learn as we go about RV life, we leave next Sunday.
We are renting our RV from Cruise America in Carson California, we rented the largest RV they have, a 30 foot class C motor home. The reservation process was easy, we stopped by and looked at the RVs and they look very nice. We have to make a reservation to pick it up so they can show us how everything works. The operation looks very professional and the people we talked to were very helpful and kind.
Since this is our first time ever using a motor home, we want to be conservative with our plans. My initial plan was to go without any reservations and just find where we would stay from day to day. After thinking it through and realizing how much we don’t know about using a motor home, we decided to make reservations in nice RV campgrounds so we have a measure of security about where we will set up. I realized how much I don’t know after I read a great book titled “Living in an RV; Everything I wish I knew before full-time RVing across America” by Alyssa Padgett. I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who dreams about RV living.
Please follow my blog and I will provide the play by play about our trip, how we learn as we go on our experiment and the conclusions we will draw from the experience.